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Mayo Says No to ACOs

Not to be repetitive, but the latest stake to be driven into the heart of the ACO Proposed Rule comes from the hand of the Mayo Clinic: The prestigious Rochester clinic is raising questions about accountable care organizations, or ACOs, which … Continue reading

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Cleveland Clinic Bashes ACOs

The drum beat is deafening.  Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the delivery models upon which the ACO concept was purportedly based, blasts the ACO Proposed Rule in a blunt but important letter to Don Berwick.  … Continue reading

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GOP Senators Pen Letter to HHS

Yesterday seven GOP Senate Finance Committee members signed a letter to Sec. Sebelius stating what seems to be the common refrain on the Proposed Rule for ACOs – that, while well-intended, the Rule fails in its objective to incent providers to … Continue reading

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Anesthesia in ACOs

Somnia Anesthesia writes about the role large anesthesia groups can (and must) play in the collaboration and coordination that will achieve real savings for accountable care organizations and the healthcare system as a whole.  We wholeheartedly agree.

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Becker on ACOs

Scott Becker of Becker’s Hospital Review lobs in some observations on ACOs – interesting stuff.  We would agree with most of his thoughts, especially #6 – the risk of ACO’s becoming a central model (or the precursor to one) in … Continue reading

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ACOs and Private Payors

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Indiana is interested in the ACO concept and has initiated discussions with local hospital systems.  Will other private payors show similar interest in expanding the scope of the Shared Savings Program to the private … Continue reading

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Morning Links

Not a link, but I just got back from a health law conference where every speaker, to a person, thought that ACOs were dead in the water as the Proposed Rules stand today.  It boggles the mind as to why … Continue reading

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